About the film archive
Learn about the history behind our documentary film archive from the 1940s.
In the run up to the 1945 general election, General Election focuses on the electoral race of one of the 640 local constituencies in Britain - that of Kettering, Northamptonshire.
How Members of Parliament are elected
'The film shows how the candidates, after completing the necessary formalities, plan their election campaigns with the help of their Agents and go round the district addressing the voters. What happens on Polling Day, how people vote, the precautions for secrecy, the counting of the votes and the declaration of the result are shown in detail. The film was made at Kettering in Northamptonshire during the 1945 election.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1947-50)
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